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Old 22.02.2011, 17:24
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So, I just moved into our flat today in Allschwil, and a) everything works, b) the movers turned up when they said they would, were polite, efficient and took away the rubbish - giving me a number for collection of the rest and most cool, c) I ordered the internet before we arrived, and it was in the foyer (no postbox nameplate yet), unstolen (seems an obvious one that, but still), and when I installed it (a bit of a grand term for plugging it in) it all worked. Straight away.

Is this normal? I'm wondering whether this is normal Swiss efficiency, or I'm heading rather for a massive karma-fail... I suspect the former.

Anyway, I'm as happy as a Frenchman who's just invented self-removing trousers.

That is all.
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Old 22.02.2011, 17:40
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Don't worry, your new neighbours will be an absolute nightmare.
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Old 22.02.2011, 17:52
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Re: Karma?

I believe this is normal. People can be trust here in general. Basel is a safe city. And for the movers, it is their job and I found them very nice and effective workers.

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Old 22.02.2011, 17:58
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Hey Iain! Welcome to Basel.

Hopefully you're just a lucky bugger - long may it continue.


P.S. Euromillions runs in Switzerland too...
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Re: Karma?

WE had it fairly easy too - then you check the post and its bill after bill - Deposits, insurances, 'final cleaning', putting your name on the mailbox, Billag. I guess effeciency comes at a price.
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So, I just moved into our flat today in Allschwil, and a) everything works, b) the movers turned up when they said they would, were polite, efficient and took away the rubbish - giving me a number for collection of the rest and most cool, c) I ordered the internet before we arrived, and it was in the foyer (no postbox nameplate yet), unstolen (seems an obvious one that, but still), and when I installed it (a bit of a grand term for plugging it in) it all worked. Straight away.
Welcome to Switzerland.

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Re: Karma?

Sorry to inform you, that your cupboard has no brown sugar, the church bells will keep you awake and Billag are going to knock at your door for a TV license fee. Add this to the neighbours making too much noise and you will be sued because your Karma ran over the neighbours Dogma.
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OK, slight downer, we're directly under the flightpath to Basel airport here, and I never really thought it would be an issue, as there aren't many flights. Last night though, 3 one after another... had me thinking about ear plugs.

Then, just stopped and went back to periodic non-annoying flights. Odd. Was a bit foggy last night, so perhaps that was it.

Today, karma-watchers, I went to Ikea and have to say here (though I will post this on the relevant thread), they were really lovely and helpful. I think, and it's a bit obvious this, but if one tries at least to speak the language, people don't mind helping you out, assuming they will speak English, and addressing them in English right off the bat, would rightly I think, piss people off.

A quick delivery too, just a week.

No, no brown sugar, and the neighbour upstairs plays the piano (is currently), but is actually rather good and seems to favour the classics, so as long as it's not post 10 in the evening, our man Johann Sebastian is fine by me.

Day two of Swiss-loveathon score a healthy 9 of 10. Would have been ten but for some mild queueing issues.

Gratutious generalistion warning. The following paragraph may be massively sweeping..*

Contrary to the pre-trip impression I got of the Swiss, and it may of course have been flawed from reading certain posts - I mean, one tends to write a post when either very happy or very annoyed, and I can of course see scope for both, but I didn't expect as much smiling and positivity from the Swiss as I've experienced. Maybe it says a lot about me too, I'm not sure, but analysis aside for a moment, I love it, and them actually.

Apologies for anyone feeling nauseous at the saccharine content of this post, just, you know, in *that* place at the moment.**

* and with a touch of formaggio into the mix

** Not that one, the other one.
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Old 23.02.2011, 19:28
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OK, slight downer, we're directly under the flightpath to Basel airport here, and I never really thought it would be an issue, as there aren't many flights. Last night though, 3 one after another... had me thinking about ear plugs.
Don't worry you soon get used to it .... pardon? I lived for two-and-a-half years at Point "A" - pretty close to the flight path at LAX .... sorry, say again? It gets to the point that you don't even notice it .... what d'ya say?
LAX is probably a bit busier than Basel.

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[...]I didn't expect as much smiling and positivity from the Swiss as I've experienced. Maybe it says a lot about me too, I'm not sure, but analysis aside for a moment, I love it, and them actually.
Yes, it sure does.
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Old 23.02.2011, 19:37
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Re: Karma?

For what it's worth, I don't quite understand all the Swiss-bashing that goes on here either. With a few exceptions (and recognising that you get bad apples no matter where you go), I've found that if you make a bit of an effort, have good manners and make an effort to be polite, the Swiss are extraordinarily friendly.

Just today I smiled because my neighbour (who I don't know terribly well) had blocked my driveway as she unloaded her car. As soon as she saw me coming, she leapt into her car and moved it so she wouldn't block me. Rather than just waving from where she was, she walked back and apologised for inconveniencing me, shook my hand (mandatory in a Swiss greeting) and asked after me and me wife. According to most of what you read on here, my neighbour is rarer than a unicorn.

And I'd believe that, if I didn't have another ten neighbours who are just as friendly and considerate.

I was in a shop today in my village, and was struggling with my German. The shop-keeper didn't understand French or English, but another patron happily offered to translate. Same shop, a day earlier, different patron, same offer of help.

I've been here long enough that my glasses are no longer rose-tinted, but despite its occasional flaws, I still think that Switzerland is the greatest place on earth to live. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm glad you're finding the same think -- give us an update six-months in when your rose-tint runs out as well.
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Old 23.02.2011, 19:53
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Welcome to Basel! Hope the karma continues with such high scores. Mine's been going along nicely so far so hopefully you'll have similar luck

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My experience so far has been the same... making a bit of effort, even if it's a terrible attempt, seems to count for something (which would be the case anywhere I guess!).
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Old 23.02.2011, 20:18
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Today, karma-watchers, I went to Ikea and have to say here (though I will post this on the relevant thread), they were really lovely and helpful.
NOOoooo. Don't post that. You'll ruin the ambiance.

Anyway, welcome! I also live in a parallel universe to the one often described on EF. So don't worry, you're not *that* strange.

And I have to say
"you will be sued because your Karma ran over the neighbours Dogma." is about the funniest think I've heard in weeks.
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